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Free(?) Portfolio hosting

via College Rag, a note that college journalists and writers can sign up with Writer’s Residence for a free online portfolio … for a year. After the year is up, it’s $8.95/month.

This is not something I’d recommend. Instead, a student could set up a WordPress.com or Blogger site and post their writing samples there. Have photos to display? Flickr, Imageshack.us, smugmug or photobucket will work. Video? YouTube, Blip.tv, Vimeo or several other sites will fit the bill.

WR might make sense for a non-tech savvy writer who doesn’t want to be bothered, but a student today needs to be bothered with these things. Your tech-savvy is your friend in the job market.

What’s more, those sites are socially networked and search-friendly. I can’t suggest spending $110/year for template-based hosting.

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